Paul Johnson, Vicar

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Dear Friends, 

My wife Bernadette and I have been married thirty years, and are the parents of three grown sons.  I grew up outside of Chicago; have lived in Florida, North Carolina, Connecticut, and Virginia; and now, God has been kind enough to give us a home here in the Lake Travis area.

After serving with congregations in Virginia for twenty-three years, we were called to Lake Travis in December, 2013 to help Church of the Cross be born.  I am part of this ministry because I’m always excited to see what new things God has in store; and that you…whoever you are that’s reading this…might receive and discover the full, rich, encouraging, and challenging relationship with God that the Lord intends for you.

I’m a runner, and occasional cyclist.  I’ve played bass in a band or two.  I enjoy a good book that makes me think, and movies that make me laugh.  My life verse is Luke 12:32, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” It’s a word from the scriptures that reminds us that God’s promise is goodness, and mercy, and love, and generosity, and peace, and joy; and that always, God wants a relationship with us.

If you are looking for a church home, the adventure of helping a new people be created, and the excitement that comes from witnessing what God is up to next, we invite you to come along with Church of the Cross.

Blessings to you this day, and I bid you God’s grace and peace.

Paul

You can connect with Paul at paul@ecclt.org.

 

Courtney Clark, Office Administrator

Hi! My name is Courtney Clark and I am thrilled to be serving as the Office Administrator for Episcopal Church of the Cross Lake Travis. I grew up in Lakeway and recently moved back to the area. It feels great to be home! I attended Texas State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I taught Pre-K, Special Education, and Kindergarten for 8 years.  I currently co-own and operate a year round, Austin adventure camp called Camp 512 as well as nanny for two awesome kiddos. I love to play outdoors with my two dogs, spend time with my family and friends, see live music, read a great book, and eat delicious food. I feel very blessed to be a part of the ECC community and am looking forward to growing with the church and expanding on my spiritual journey!

Contact Courtney by emailing office@ecclt.org.

 

Emily Pellegrini, Children’s Minister

Hi, I’m Emily Pellegrini. I joined Episcopal Church of the Cross LakeTravis as the Children’s Minister in July 2018. Before that, I worked as a Sunday School Teacher and Caregiver in two other churches for over 5 years, starting when I was still a student at Texas Tech University. Each position I’ve held allowed me the joy of bringing Jesus into households, and led me closer to God in my personal faith journey. I’m very thankful for this new opportunity to teach kids about how God can be their friend in everyday life. In my spare time, I like to explore Austin’s outdoor beauty, travel, and cook new recipes.

Contact Emily by emailing childrensminister@ecclt.org.

 

 

 

Jon Slimack, Youth Minister

Hi, everyone.  My name is Jon Slimack and I am excited to be the new Youth Minister here at the Church of the Cross.  I was raised in St. Louis, Missouri in a family and community of faith. My faith really started to grow when I was in high school and attended a mission trip. On this trip not only did my personal relationship grow but I also found a passion for working with and serving youth. I’m a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in elementary education.  Ole Miss is where I met my wife Jordan, and where I realized working with kids was my calling.  Most recently, welived in Enid, Oklahoma where for three years I served as the Enid KLIFE Chapter Director.  About six months ago we moved back to Austin, where Jordan was raised, and are enjoying the adventure God has laid before us. Stepping into the Youth Minister position at Church of the Cross is exciting, and we’re working to create an atmosphere that works well for our youth and their friends.  Covered by prayer, this ministry is based on the four pillars of service, fun, study, and worship.  We seek a community where we enjoy being with one another and inviting our friends, and where it’s

safe to ask questions and grow in our walk with Jesus.  With all of us working together, God will continue to work in our students’ lives and to use the youth of ECC to serve and impact our community for God’s purposes. Please keep this ministry in your prayers and come along and

help!  Feel free to be in touch if you have any questions.  We’re excited to see how God leads our Youth Ministry!

Contact Jon by emailing youthminister@ecclt.org